Ian Cronin is an expert at leveraging technology to advance strategy and achieve results. As a Project Lead with the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production, Ian manages the Forum’s efforts to advance the implementation of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies to not only optimize organizational and regional competitiveness, but also to maximize positive impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Ian worked as the Principal Technology Project Manager for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in the United States, and has earned degrees from Duke University, Georgetown University, and the University of Geneva.
Expertise: Manufacturing Ecosystems, Digital Traceability in Manufacturing Supply Chains, Additive Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing
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